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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Chenlu, China; Jingdezhen, China; Xi'an, China
  • Program Terms: Fall, Summer
  • Restrictions: NAU applicants only
  • Costs: Fall, Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Provider GPA Requirement: 2.5
Education Abroad Advisor: Holly Wheeler Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: None
Language of Instruction: Chinese - Mandarin, English Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Art
Program Description:

Ceramics in Jingdezhen City, China - School of Art Global Track Facebook

Jingdezhen, China

Jingdezhen Pottery Workshop Lo


Jingdezhen MapAs the world-famed ceramic capital, Jingdezhen City has a long history of ceramics making and a rich cultural heritage. In accordance with the historical records, “Xinping (as the city was known as then) began to make pottery in Han Dynasty." It is evident that pottery was first made in Jingdezhen in Han Dynasty. In the first year in Jingde Reign of Song Dynasty (1004), the royal court decreed the city made porcelain wares for imperial use with the wording “Made during the Jingde Reign” printed on the bottom of every piece. Hence the city got its name “Jingdezhen”.

From Yuan Dynasty to Ming and Qing Dynasty, emperors sent their officials to Jingdezhen to supervise the manufacture of royal porcelain. They set up the Porcelain Office and built the royal kiln, which produced many wonderful ceramic articles. Among them were those particularly famous for the four classic decorations: blue and white, famille rose, rice-pattern and color glaze. The Porcelain Wares for Chairman Mao Zedong, the Wares for the" APEC" and the Wares for tire Stale Hotel (Guesthouse) and other ceramic art works are all greatly appreciated in the world.

The porcelain made in Jingdezhen enjoys the praise of "as white as jade, as thin as paper, as sound as a bell, as bright as a mirror." Guo Moruo (the late famous historian and scholar) highly praised the brilliant ceramic history and culture in Jingdezhen and the ceramics connected the Jingdezhen to the world closely with the poem that "China is well known by the porcelain, the famous porcelains are made in this city."

Jingdezhen has a long history and a magnificent culture. It crouches on the south of the Yangtze River as a “Powerful Town on the South of the Yangtze River", and was listed with Foshan in Guangdong Province, Hankou in Hubei Province, and Zhuxianzhen in Henan Province as the four famous towns in Chinese history. It is designated one of the first 24 famous Chinese cities of historical and cultural interests and a first-rate city opening to the foreigners by China’s State Council. It is located in the transitional area between the Huangshan – Haiyushang mountain range and the Plain of Poyang Lake at longitudes 116°57'-117°42' east and latitudes 28°44'-29°56' south in the monsoon subtropical climate.

It enjoys enough sunshine, sufficient rainfall, and a mild and moist climate, with clearly demarcated four seasons. It has beautiful scenery featured by a network of many rivers and streams and a chain of mountain peaks one rising higher than another. The city is 320 meters above sea level with an average temperature of 170C, an annual rainfall of 1763.5 millimeters, and average annual sunshine of 2009.8 hours.
China Jingdezhen Gate


Pottery Workshop Courses

This program is made possible by West Virginia University. Students on this program earn credits through WVU and those credits are transferred as pre-approved courses through the School of Art Global Track:

Summer Courses

WVU Course NAU Course
ART 340 - Ceramics ART 362 - Wood Fire
ART 340 - Ceramics ART 363 - Glazing and Firing

China Jingdezhen Pottery 2At the end of the studio portion in Jingdezhen, participants will travel North by plane to Xian for 4 days. Xian, China’s ancient capital, once served as the powerful center of the Tang dynasty silk trade route. Rich in cultural and art history, this area is a pivotal site connected to the origins of Chinese civilization. Xian is home to Emperor Qin’s terra-cotta Army, one of the major wonders of the world, Bampo Village, Forest of Steles, Xian Museum, Dian Pagoda, Tang Dynasty tombs, Famen Temple and much, much more. 

While in the Xian area, we travel to Chen Lu. Chen Lu is an ancient pottery village that has carried on the Yaoware pottery traditions since the Tang dynasty. For two days, participants will have the opportunity to explore materials and tools relevant to Chinese pottery traditions that have shaped an important segment of China’s ceramic legacy for over a thousand years. This tiny mountain top village is the home of family-owned potteries that continue the elegant Yaoware carved porcelain traditions. 

Next, participants will travel by train to Beijing for the final 3-4 
day segment of the trip. Visits to the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Palace Museum, antique market, silk markets will highlight the final portion of the trip.

The summer program is five-and-a-half week study and travel program in the Peoples Republic of China during the summer. Space is available for 15 -18 students who want to work and study with some of China’s most prominent teachers and ceramic artists. This program is open to other students across the country, so be sure to apply early to save your spot!

China Jingdezhen Pottery 1Fall Courses

WVU Course NAU Course
ART 340 - Ceramics ART 362 - Wood Fire
ART 340 - Ceramics ART 363 - Glazing and Firing
ARHS 402 - History of Chinese Ceramics ARH 335 - Topics in Visual Culture
ARHS 405 - Chinese Language/Cultural History ARH 405 - Liberal Studies

Participants will work with faculty from Jingdezhen and local artisans skilled in traditional and contemporary ceramic techniques. Workshops featuring the large traditional coil-built pottery of local rural potters, Yixing teapot making, traditional porcelain throwing and assembling and much more. Many international ceramic artists continue to visit Jingdezhen to experience the world’s most concentrated ceramic production. 

China Jingdezhen Pottery 3Experience the firing of Tianbao’s 160-foot long climbing dragon kiln and Jingdezhen’s traditional “egg shape” kilns. Familiarize yourself with the unique tools of China’s foremost craftsmen as they demonstrate traditional skills of dry carving, wet carving, under-glaze “Qinghua” cobalt decoration, over-glaze enameling, porcelain and stoneware sculptural techniques, and much more. Participants will experience the centuries-old methods of hammer milling, the ancient art of glaze ash preparation, brush making, tool making, and more.

The fall semester consists of an intensive 6 credit hours of studio, 3 credit hours of Chinese Ceramic Art History, and 3 credit hours of Culture/Language Courses. 

Participants will live and work and become part of the ceramic culture that has dominated this city for over 2000 years. Field trips to clay mines, kilns, museums, shard market, big vase factories, glaze street, and etc are part of the daily routines of the semester. 


Credit System

Credits follow the American credit system. The summer program offers 6.00 credits and the fall program offers 12.00 credits.


Getting Credit for Studies Abroad

These courses pre-approved by the School of Art. If you wish to receive alternative credits for this program, inquire with your Education Abroad Advisor.

China Jingdezhen StreetACADEMIC CALENDAR

Summer: Late May - late June
Fall: September - December


Accommodation is arranged through this program and included in the program fee. More information on housing will be available after you apply.

Read more about the Chinese visa at Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the USA page.

Regardless of the length of your academic program in China, you are REQUIRED to obtain a visa prior to departure. More information on the visa process will be available after you apply. You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months AFTER your expected departure date from China. Your passport will physically remain at the Consulate until your visa is approved, so keep this in mind if you plan to travel before the program.

To obtain a Chinese visa you must always refer to the Chinese Consulate with jurisdiction over your state of permanent residence.  Visa fees, application process, and requirements may change frequently. You should consult your Consulate General's website immediately to obtain a student visa application, a list of requirements, and to verify the application process and timetable.  Most consulates require an in-person appearance. Some Consulates require appointments to be made and have limited spots.

China Jingdezhen Pottery 4


Students will be automatically enrolled in WVU's international health insurance plan with GeoBlue. More information on GeoBlue is available in once you begin your application.


To view the costs for this program, click the "costs" link at the top of this page. This will direct you to a line-item breakdown of how much the program costs and what is included in those costs.

NAU students pay WVU tuition directly and do not pay NAU tuition during this term; however, some NAU fees still apply. Please note that NAU tuition waivers such as the Lumberjack, Blue, Gold, etc. cannot be applied to this program. Students with waivers who go on this program do not lose their waivers for the rest of their time at NAU; rather, they simply cannot use them on the study abroad term for this program.


  • Valid U.S. passport
  • GPA 2.5


To apply to this program, all you need to do is hit the "Apply Now" button found at the top of this page. 

Once applied, you will have your own personal study abroad page, with a checklist of items needed in order to complete your application. Once you complete your application, you will be charged a non-refundable application fee of $100.


 If you would like to talk to an advisor about this program, you can find his/her name at the top of the brochure page. To make an appointment, or view walk-in hours for this advisor, please visit the "Talk to an Advisor" section.



China Jingdezheng

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/15/2020 04/15/2020 06/01/2020 07/01/2020
NOTE: These dates are estimates. You will be provided with specific program dates as you move through the application process. Do NOT use these dates to purchase airline tickets or to make plans that you cannot change later!
Fall 2020 04/01/2020 06/01/2020 09/01/2020 12/30/2020
NOTE: These dates are estimates. You will be provided with specific program dates as you move through the application process. Do NOT use these dates to purchase airline tickets or to make plans that you cannot change later!
Summer 2021 03/15/2021 04/15/2021 06/01/2021 07/01/2021
NOTE: These dates are estimates. You will be provided with specific program dates as you move through the application process. Do NOT use these dates to purchase airline tickets or to make plans that you cannot change later!
Fall 2021 04/01/2022 06/01/2022 09/01/2022 12/30/2022
NOTE: These dates are estimates. You will be provided with specific program dates as you move through the application process. Do NOT use these dates to purchase airline tickets or to make plans that you cannot change later!